Career edge – Admissions – Southern Cross University

Career Edge program

Our exclusive career readiness and internship program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students to gain a competitive edge in the job market through immersive industry experiences and professional training!

What are the benefits?

Students will:

• Receive extensive employability training from experts to help you gain market insights that will help you in your career journey.
• Gain exposure and establish connections in the industry related to your program of study
• Gain a point of difference on your resume and receive a certificate of completion for every module you complete
• Connect with real employers, gain new contacts, references and networks and improve your future employability.
• Learn about the Australian workplace and build up skills to thrive in one.

Can I start the program in any session?
NOTE: The Career Edge program is currently not being delivered, but will resume as soon as we have all our students returned onshore and on campus. An accelerated program will then be delivered to ensure that, as much as possible, all eligible students are able to complete the program within their enrolment.
Yes, you can. Just like you can start your degree in any session, you can start the program in Session 1, 2 or 3 in Year 1. Training modules within a year can be completed in any order.

When will the final year 10 to 12-week internship take place?
There are a number of options for completing the in-company internship placement in the final year if you have met all pre-requisites:
(a) It can be completed during the term – this would be completed whilst on your student visa and consequently, you are limited to 20 hours per week (which would be the minimum hours required).
(b) It can be completed during session break – this would not be restricted to 20 hours per week if completed during the session break
(c) It can be completed after graduation if you move into a graduate visa – this would not be restricted to 20 hours per week Note that in our experience, internships of longer duration than 20 hours (4 or 5 days per week) provide greater opportunity to learn and make an impression on the employer.

Is eligibility for Career Edge dependent on my progress in my degree?
No, this program is offered as a value-add, external to your academic progress, HOWEVER, in order to enrol in this program, you need to be an enrolled student and in order to progress through the programme and/or receive your certification, you must not have any university sanctions imposed – e.g. Fee or academic sanctions.

If I enrol in the Career Edge programme will I be able to participate in all the experiential rewards?
Yes, IF you have no university sanctions applied e.g. No Fee sanctions or academic sanctions AND if you have met the requirements and completed all the required modules for that experiential reward. I.e. full attendance, participation in and completion of required work for that module

Do I need to attend all sessions?
You need to attend all sessions for each module in order to receive the certification for that module. You will need to complete all modules within the “year experience” in order to qualify for the experiential reward for that year.

How much work is involved in each module?
The Bootcamps for continuing students are run in 3 seminars of 4 hours each across two sessions. The seminars for new students and some continuing students are run in 2 seminars of 2 hrs each session. There is an online component, self- paced of approximately 4 hrs across each module

When can I participate in the experiences – Business Hack, In company project, internship?
On completion of all the modules within that experiential year. e.g. After completing the 3 modules from Year 1: You can join the Business Hack experience After completing the 6 modules from Year 1 & 2: You can join the In-Company Project, and After completing the 9 modules from Year 1, 2 & 3: You are eligible for the Internship

How much will this programme cost me?
There is no cost for students to enrol and participate in this program. This program is sponsored by SCU to enrich the student experience and to add value to the student journey in maximising your opportunities for internship and employability post study. This is our investment in your learning journey.

What are the experiential components of the program?
The program includes the following opportunities to gain exposure to real business activities and the workplace:
(a) Business Hack – work on a real business challenge in a team on campus and present your solution back to a panel
(b) In-company project – a one-week workplace experience to work on a real business challenge in a team at a workplace including a briefing from the company and an opportunity to present to company
representatives at the end
(c) In-company internship – a 10 to 12-week internship opportunity inside an organisation as part of a team in an area relevant to your area of study where you will engage in real live activities and projects

Is the final internship paid or unpaid?
All of the experiential activities are training activities rather than employment and therefore do not include salary or wages. As an accredited program delivered by an accredited training organisation, the final
internship placement meets the definition of a “vocational placement” under the Fair Work Act and is therefore lawfully unpaid.

What are the training components of the program?
The training components are a series of 18 face to face training modules (36 hours) combined with around 12 hours of self -paced online learning. The face to face modules are delivered in two-hour interactive sessions on campus in scheduled times (to be published). The training components are designed to cover all of the critical information you need to have the best chance of succeeding in your job search and your career. The content provides you with the “hard truth” about what employers want and what you need to do to make yourself as employable as possible. It is filled with many insights and tips from recruiters and employers that you probably have not heard before.

What are the pre-requisites to continue through the program?
You need to complete all of the training modules required to that point to get access to the experiential opportunity for that year. For example: In Year 1, you must attend the 6 face to face training sessions and complete the associated 4 hours of online learning in order to be eligible to join the Business Hack experience. In Year 2, you must have attended the 12 face to face training sessions from Years 1 and 2, and 8 hours of online learning, to be eligible for the In-company Project placement In year 3, you must have attended all 18 face to face training sessions from Years 1,2 and 3, and all of the online learning, to be eligible for the In-company Internship placement Each face to face training session is offered once per year, so there may be opportunities to catch up if you miss a module, although it is better to complete each module as you go.